David Rogers knows how to catch sharks. Last year, Rogers broke two records for the largest shark caught in Mississippi. For the 70th edition of the Mississippi Deep Sea Rodeo Saturday, Rogers captained the boat that caught the state’s largest bull shark.
Fishing off the Quietus, Brett Rutledge caught a 276 pound, 14 ounce bull shark on Saturday. If certified by the DMR, the bull shark will qualify for a $20,000 bonus, one of two bonuses offered this year for a record-breaking fish. A second $20,000 bonus is offered for a state record yellowfin tuna.
Rogers, owner of Quietus, broke two Mississippi records for sharks at the Rodeo last year: a 203-pound bull shark and a 390-pound tiger shark. The tiger shark won a $20,000 cash bounty.
Rutledge said the shark was caught about 25 miles south of Dauphin Island using a Penn 70 reel and 130-pound test line. The shark bit on a bonita.
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“It was heavy,” Rutledge said.
The crew of Quietus caught 60-to-70 fish before coming in to weigh the big shark.
“It was pretty today,” Rogers said. “Conditions were fine.”
Where Rogers and Rutledge set out for salt water, Brentley Strickland and his family went to Stone County as part of the fresh water program. Rutledge said they went to Big Level.
In the children’s rodeo, Graham Strickland, 5, came in fourth in the bass division and Vaughan Strickland, 7, came in fifth. However, both were under two pounds in size.
“It was hot, but we didn’t get rained on,” Brentley Strickland said.“They are ready for fishing, but they burn out easily, especially in the hot sun.”
Mississippi Deep Sea Rodeo President Richard Valdez estimated over 500 fishermen entered the contest, which features over 28 categories for freshwater and saltwater species.
“A lot of folks have turned out for the rodeo,” Valdez said. “The fishing has been good.”
Children's rodeo winners
King fisherman: Nick Hoven, Grand Bay
Queen fisherette: Baylin Rockholt, Biloxi
Bass: Makenzie Holland, Long Beach, 5-15
Bream: Haley Smith, Saucier, 1-6
Catfish: Allyssa Spooner, Saucier, 17-3
Croaker: Mackenzie Smith, Biloxi, 0-11
Drum: Clayton Smith, Long Beach, 43-4
Flounder: Dashown Graham, Moss Point, 0-15
Ground Mullet: Breeylyn Rockholt, Biloxi, 0-15
Sheepshead: Serj Howell, Mobile, 1-14
Speckled Trout: Hermon Lagabe, Six Point, 3-4
White Trout: Reagan Clark, Grand Bay, 0-14
Redfish: Kendall Walli, Biloxi, 20-9
Barracuda: Marc Dunn, New Orleans, 12-13
Black Drum: David McGill, Pass Christian, 41-12
Blue Fish: Carolyn Lunderra, Gulfport, 21-5
Bonita: Jordan Matthes, Biloxi, 11-0
Gar: Curtis Adams, St. Martin, 73-13
Jack Crevalle: Jeffery Waltman, Gulfport, 28-4
King Mackerel: Jordan Matthews, Biloxi, 35-12
Lemon Fish: Corin Knight, Slidell, 27-1
Mangrove Snapper: Danny Ray, Long Beach, 1-2
Pompano: Artie Baugh, D'Iberville, 2-5
Red Fish: Brock Layne, Gulfport, 23-12
Red Snapper: Mason East, Saucier, 22-11
Sheepshead: Corin Knight, Slidell, 5-10
Shark: Brett Rutledge, Mobile, 276-14
Spanish Mackerel: Dustin McGill, Gulfport, 3-7
Speckled Trout: Richard Hebden, St. Martin, 5-9
Stingray: Ben Clark, Six Point, 91-5
Bream: Bradley Smith, Saucier, 1-10*
Catfish: Amanda Dedeaux, Perkinston, 32-15
Crappie: Zachane Pack, Bay St. Louis, 0-11
Green Trout: Lee Johnson, Saucier, 8-5